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Chris

Midlothian, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2461)
    Performance
    (1924)
    Story
    (1908)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Too dry for me"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I kept wanting to like it, but it took too long for far too few nuggets I could take away. Maybe I'm too much of a simpleton.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deal with the Devil: The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Lance
    • Narrated By Peter Lance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    In Deal with the Devil, five-time Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter Peter Lance draws on once-secret FBI files and exclusive new interviews to disclose the epic saga of Colombo family capo Gregory Scarpa, Sr., who spent more than 30 years as a paid Top-Echelon FBI informant while wreaking havoc as a drug dealer, loan shark, bank robber, hijacker, high-end securities thief - and killer. A Mafia capo who "stopped counting" after 50 murders, Greg Scarpa was enlisted by the FBI as early as 1960.

    SCOTT says: "Great story line not so great narration"
    "Way too long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Deal with the Devil?

    This is like a dissertation on the mob, it has too many facts and figures and is not a compelling enough story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Lance again?

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Outsider: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jimmy Connors
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi.

    jeffrey says: "Worthwhile--but shoulda had Conners reading it"
    "Interesting story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Outsider in three words, what would they be?

    I loved Jimmy Connors as a player, but found him less likable as a person after listening to this. Contrast the story with Andre Agassi's, who I grew to like more.........left me a bit disappointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3453)
    Performance
    (3090)
    Story
    (3120)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "a bit of a letdown"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The first 5 hours are about the authors life, not the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Took too long to get to the part I wanted to hear about.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, John Ormsby (translated by)
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (223)

    The most influential work of the entire Spanish literary canon and a founding work of modern Western literature, Don Quixote is also one of the greatest works ever written. Hugely entertaining but also moving at times, this episodic novel is built on the fantasy life of one Alonso Quixano, who lives with his niece and housekeeper in La Mancha. Quixano, obsessed by tales of knight errantry, renames himself ‘Don Quixote’ and with his faithful servant Sancho Panza, goes on a series of quests.

    Colin says: "More than funny"
    "I wanted to love it"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Don Quixote? What did you like least?

    The narrator did a great job making the story come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    It was just so long, and ultimately the half dozen interesting parts could not offset the dozens of boring parts. I found myself dozing as I listened.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1869)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (498)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Good"
    Overall

    Interesting recap, but I probably should have gotten the "unabridged" version as some of the depth and complexity of these relationships was "glossed over."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1046)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Wanted to love it"
    Overall

    Let's face it.........this guy (Bonhoeffer) was an amazing guy, and lived a life that seems like a 20th century Paul. However, for me the story lacked any great mystery, or thrill. Perhaps it was knowing that he would die, but I don't know...........I found myself desperate to finish this book due to its length.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Miller
    • Narrated By Donald Miller
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (211)

    Full of beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious stories, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details one man's opportunity to edit his life as if her were a character in a movie. Years after writing his best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another.

    Scott says: "Inspiring me to live a better story."
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    Love Donald Miller................very inspirational, has led to changes in my life. The way he shares his "story" and encourages us to consider our "story" was great. I need to find more from this guy.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4308)
    Performance
    (1787)
    Story
    (1807)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    What a great recap on one of the great financial crisises my generation will ever see (hopefully).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (636)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "A few useful nuggets"
    Overall

    I found parts of this book interesting and practical for every day living (including driving change on the home front), but I found much of the build up to the point to be tedious. Far too much ground to cover for few too many nuggets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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